Etosha National Park - declared a National Park in 1907 - covers 22 270 square km and is home to 114 mammal species, 340 bird species and a variety of reptiles and amphibians. When originally proclaimed, the Etosha Park was the largest reserve on earth, but in the 1960's political pressure resulted in the reduction to its current size. 

Etosha (meaning "Great White Place") is essentially a place of dry water - visit and you will understand this seemingly ridiculous statement. It is dominated by a massive mineral pan, a dried lake now full of dust and salt, which fills only if the rains are heavy, and even then holds water for only a short time. This temporary water in the Etosha Pan attracts thousands of wading birds including flamingos.

Traditionally visitors to Etosha have had a choice of three rest camps - links to official sites for each of Namutoni, Halali and Okaukuejo - that are operated by Namibia Wildlife Resorts. Each camp has tourist facilities such as a restaurant, a shop (selling only basic goods), a motor garage for fuel and basic repairs, and a swimming pool, as well as various grades of accommodation and camping facilities.  

The best time for game viewing is from May to September - the cooler months. Visitors can expect to see many buck species (mostly very tasty when roasted), elephant, giraffe, rhino and lions and, with luck, leopard and cheetah. There is a network of roads linking the three campsites and subsidiary roads lead to various waterholes.

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Waterhole life

 
 

A few good meals

How to relax after game-watching 
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Old fort, Namutoni
Rhino

Solitary elephant

Click on guinea fowl for a potje recipe using them. (The potje is a Southern African culinary experience in a league of its own).

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